By Thomas Sellers Jr.
The Millington Trojans wrapped up the 2013 regular season with a much needed victory.
The Trojans (6-4, 4-1 in District 14-3A) jumped out to a 17-0 lead after one quarter. Luke Bell got the scoring started with a 25-yard field goal.
Millington reached the end zone for the first time on the night when Eldon Tyms dropped back hitting Chris Sanders on a slant pass. Sanders broke a couple of tackles and raced for the 56-yard touchdown.
Ahead 10-0, the Trojans added seven more when Tyms found Demarius Curry for a 15-yard TD.
Early in the second quarter the Trojans went ahead 24-0 when Tyms fired a pass into the back of the end zone. Curry leaped into the air with two Bolton defenders covering him to make the 7-yard coach.
Then the Millington defense kept the Wildcats (1-9, 1-4) in neutral. Jonathan Clements made an interception. His teammate Quinton Harrison almost had a pick knocking down a screen pass.
Harrison batted down another Austin Clark attempt later in the game.
Trojan lineman Delvin Williamson also contributed on defense with three sacks. Millington was ahead 24-0 at the break.
The score became 30-0 early in the third quarter when Trojan LaKeron Garcia scored on a run. Then the Bolton offense used creativity to end their scoring drought. Clark and the offensive unit march the ball down the field setting up a 3-yard run from Darian Nave.
Going for two points, Clark tossed the ball to Antwan Hill. Clark broke down field as a receiver and caught the two-point conversion pass from Hill to make the score 30-8.
The Wildcats cut into the deficit early in the fourth quarter after defensive lineman Assante Bowers intercepted a screen pass from Tyms. Bowers took the ball to the 15-yard line.
Moments later Marcus Banks reached paydirt with an 8-yard run making the tally 30-14 with 10 minutes and 20 seconds remaining.
Millington mission was to eat clock and score. Tyms managed his team down the field with short passes and the running of Keno Taylor. And Taylor capped off the drive with his first varsity touchdown on a 4-yard run.
The Trojans were ahead 37-14. And the final set up the Trojans for a waiting game. The TSSAA will release playoff brackets Saturday morning.
Millington will be in the 5A playoffs pairing up with teams like Hardin County, Henry County, Ridgeway just to name a few.
With Arlington beating Cordova in a triple overtime thriller 49-48, the Trojans finished second in district setting Millington up as a top four seed in the playoffs. The Trojans will likely host a game Nov. 8 with kickoff at 7 p.m.